For many Montrealers, Wednesdays have become synonymous with blood, guts, sex and violence. This is all thanks to the wonderful Ben Godin and his fantastic team of volunteers for bringing us the latest staple in underground cinematic entertainment: Grindhouse Wednesdays. It's been a little over a year now, and the Grindhouse Wednesdays team will guarantee one thing only: a great time. As many of you hopefully already know, on (usually) the first Wednesday of every month, the Grindheads bring Montreal a taste of the strange, the surreal and the macabre. Along with cheap beer and snacks, live bands and/or DJs, and a screening of a Grindhouse classic, you can't go wrong. The venue may change, the live act may change, and the movie may change, but the atmosphere and good vibe never does.
This Wednesday, February 23rd, Grindhouse Wednesdays presents a blaxploitation classic just in time for Black History Month. Coffy (1973) is a classic for many reasons; not only is it one of the first iconic blaxploitation movie, alongside Shaft (1971) and Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song (1971), but it was Pam Grier's breakout performance before she became Foxy Brown, or even Jackie Brown. Here she plays Coffy, a badass nurse who goes badass on a bunch of badass pimps and dealers, to avenge her badass sister for getting mixed up in drugs. Directed by Jack Hill, the king of female exploitation films (everything from early B-Horror like The Wasp Woman (1959) to chicks-in-prison flicks to Coffy and Foxy Brown (1974)).
The Grindheads are stepping things up this time, as festivities will be held in the historic Rialto Theatre, that has been gaining a lot of attention recently as a cinema once more. As one of the oldest movie theatre spaces in Montreal, it has a long important history and is considered a landmark of Park Avenue and the Mile End. DJ Sarcastic will be returning to spin his vinyl beats, while local band Slutdrive will be providing some great live tunes.
But this time you are being offered even more. Local sado-erotic guru filmmaker and celebrity gentleman Matthew Saliba will be showing off his latest masterpiece of a short film Amy's in the Attic, a great homage to early Italian grindhouse horror films. Coffy is scheduled at 9:30pm, but doors will open at 8pm so you can catch all the little extras thrown at you.
Per usual, proceeds go to Head&Hands, a non-profit organisation that deals with helping at-risk youths. At 10$ a ticket for all this entertainment, why wouldn't you help out? For more info, go to http://thegrindhouse.ca/